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Cablegate: New Zealand Country Clearance for Nasa Gsfc

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000645

SIPDIS

FOR NASA/ID LISA HACKLEY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA TSPA NZ
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR NASA GSFC
DELEGATION, AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 12, 2004

REF: STATE 162385

1. Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance to
delegation from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to
travel to Christchurch, New Zealand August 29 - September
12, 2004. Delegation members are: Michael King, Elaine
Matthews, Anne Thompson, and Si-Chee Tsay. The purpose of
this visit is to attend and present papers at the 8th
International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Conference.

2. Embassy understands that no further assistance is
required.

3. Embassy point of contact is Economic officer Joy
Yamamoto.
Contact details are as follows:
Office: 644-462-6182
Fax: 644-472-3537
Cell: 027-446-4467
E-mail: YamomotoJO@state.gov

4. All official visitors to the Embassy are required to
report to the Regional Security Office for a TDY security
briefing.

5. Visitors should use local taxi service, which is
generally safe, reliable and frequent. Taxi fare from the
airport to downtown Wellington hotels is approximately
NZD30.

6. Travelers can exchange currency at the airport upon
arrival and ATM machines are readily available throughout
New Zealand.

7. Biosecurity Fines:

The government of New Zealand instituted fines for non-
declared biosecurity hazards on travelers entering New
Zealand with undeclared plant, animal or food material.
Travelers found carrying these undeclared items will be
immediately fined NZ$200 (US $150). Biosecurity is a
serious issue in New Zealand and fines will be administered
immediately and without warnings.

8. Security Assessment:

a. There are no local terrorist groups or support groups
believed to be operating in New Zealand at this time. In
light of the worldwide security alert all visitors should
heighten their security awareness and report any unusual
incidents to the regional security office.

b. Anonymous telephonic threats and obscure threat mail
have occasionally targeted U.S. diplomatic missions in New
Zealand. In response to U.S. policies and actions, various
groups in New Zealand have demonstrated occasionally at the
embassy in Wellington and at the consulate in Auckland.
These demonstrations were of a small scale and were
peacefully conducted. During these demonstrations, the host
country police and protective services provided adequate
protection to the embassy and consulate.

c. While New Zealand is considered a low threat crime
environment, Wellington and Auckland have experienced an
increase in violent and petty crimes. Home invasion
robberies and assaults, once very rare, are becoming more
frequent. Burglaries and thefts occur countrywide.
Visitors should be aware that street crime is a daily
occurrence in the larger cities, including Wellington and
Auckland. Common sense precautions should be taken,
especially at night, to avoid becoming a target of
opportunity.

d. All forms of public transportation are generally safe at
all times of the day.

Swindells

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